Group Sues to Block Christo RIver Art

Artist plans to wrap Arkansas River in fabric

Feb 2, 2012
Outside Magazine

A coalition of environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts filed suit in federal court on Wednesday to block the artist Christo from draping "silvery translucent" fabric over a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas river. The non-profit Rags Over the Arkansas River (ROAR) filed suit against the Bureau of Land Management, arguing that the agency environmental impact report did not consider increased traffic along Highway 50 or disturbances to the local bighorn sheep population. The construction period, due to begin this summer, would last two years and culminate in a two-week final exhibition in August 2014. Lawyer Michael Harris said the installation's construction would mimic an industrial mining operation. "For two years they're going to be in this canyonland, drilling 9,100 holes, sometimes 30 feet deep to place anchors to hold all this in place," he said.

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